Desovietization Grodno?

Philosopher Vladimir Mackiewicz said Grodno his hometown, he admitted in a meeting with Grodno, which has brought his new book.

It's called "revaluation of values in the culture and history of Belarus", made in the form of questions and answers. The author has performed in Belarusian, but the book is done in Russian, because he believes that the Belarusian-language has to be convinced. Convinced of what? In particular, the need to de-Sovietization, Belarusization and Europeanization in the framework of cultural policy.

Vladimir Mackiewicz began by saying that he lived in Grodno ten years old when his parents returned from exile in Siberia. From there he went into the army in front of him in the city there was a major industrialization. Previously an old small town he could get around on foot fully explore all the streets. However, they were kind of the same names as those in the Siberian city, which still lived Mackiewicz. So, Chapaev had nothing to Belarus, Suvorov — only negative. It is unethical, that big street named after Suvorov, with the same success could would do in Grodno and street Guderian, the author.

However, the city immortalized the names Lelewel, Narbut Thomas Zahn, but the school did not explain — that these people were? Later, when Mr Mackiewicz was living in a new neighborhood then Forts, there appeared the streets Jaroslav Dombrowski, Valeria Wroblewski and even hung a board with an explanation. Names, characters, semietyka the city — it is for a teenager who wanted to talk about where he lives, at what time, in what space was a bit strange. Later, at the age of reason, taking up issues of social cultural politics, he began to realize that these "miracles" are made consciously and through them creates an interpretation or understanding of the history, past and shaped public opinion, social consciousness of modern man. The fact that the man is currently a large part of society is created in a few ways. What are the directions? Education, semiyatychnae Wednesday — the names of streets, monuments, signage, signs, creating the urban landscape, as well as books that we read as a child and which sink into the soul, of which we determine for themselves heroes to emulate, as well as thieves.

But then artificially created heroes and positive examples do not correspond to any of the national history, nor the national consciousness, neither the requirements of time, notes Vladimir Mackiewicz. Then Belarus gained its independence, and it became obvious that the cultural, semiyatychny landscape does not match an independent country. The process of cultural ecology, sanitation cultural environment. And have a very simple question: what to do with the monuments to Lenin, standing around? And also with the other monuments of the Soviet period, which create an aura of other values? And destroyed the monuments of culture, heritage, which is the Belarusian notes V.Mitskevich.

Philosopher appreciates that Lenin Square in the Grodno area became the royal reformer Anton Tyzengauz. (It should be clarified that the area is really divided into two parts, the main — with Lenin's statue — was left with the old name, the smaller — with stone buildings, built in the late XIX century — really got a new one: Tyzengauz.) However, Suvorov street still remained on the city map … This example shows that the Grodno took a step forward on the de-Sovietization, permanently stop there.

The presentation was attended by the Director of the school's "Maryyashpryng" Wolfgang Borchardt (Germany), which collaborates Vladimir Mackiewicz, and Tatiana Poshevalova — Swedish expert "of the Forum Syd" on Eastern Europe and Leonid Kalitenya — Director of the Center for Social Innovation (Minsk).

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